Color is a very important consideration in dressing to look thinner. But today, and in the next couple of posts, we will discuss different aspects of wearing colors.
Color Breaks can make or break an outfit. A color break is any place one color ends and another begins. Think of a top and where it ends over pants or a skirt. If the items are different colors, this is a color break.
A color break can happen in several different ways.
- A contrast color belt creates two color breaks–one where it touches your outfit at its top, and another where it touches your outfit at its bottom. Above the belt is one color, the belt is another color, and below the belt is different from the belt. There are thus two places where the color changes.
- Stripes also create color breaks. I’ll dedicate an entire post to stripes, but for now, let’s assume these are horizontal stripes. Each one is a separate color break.
- A short jacket over a long top, over pants or a skirt creates two color breaks. If you choose a skirt, the hemline of the skirt creates another color break.
Color breaks can be your friends. But they can also be your enemies. The thing to remember is that you are in control. You get to decide where color breaks happen.
Remember from Part 2 of this series that we talked about directing the eye of those who look at you. You can do that with color breaks. If you want to emphasize your waist, put a color break there. If you want to minimize your hips, make sure no color breaks happen there. Also, if you want to appear to have a larger bust, choose a top with a single stripe across that area.
If you want to appear taller, keep color breaks to a minimum. Each time color changes, the viewer’s eye stops. The more times the eye stops, the shorter you seem.
Each time a color break happens, the eye also travels side-to-side. This makes you appear wider in that spot. Choose your color breaks accordingly.
Doesn’t it feel good to know how to take charge of your own image?